A Million MirrOlures: The History of the L&S Bait Company, 1937-2000
Stephen L. Lumpkin
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BOOK DETAILS8.5" x 11" Hardcover * Full Color Throughout * 500+ Images * 220 Total Pages * Limited Edition * Limited to 50 Signed and Numbered Copies
ABOUT THE BOOK
This definitive history of the L&S Bait Co. – the second volume in the History of Illinois Fishing Tackle – began as a simple continuation of historian Stephen Lumpkin’s first book, The Jointed River Minnow. After several months of research, he determined that this book would be an enormous task that needed to chronicle the history and document all of the products of a company that was at times the largest fishing lure maker in the world.
The result of Mr. Lumpkin’s efforts is A Million MirrOlures. The reality is that L&S sold many, many millions of MirrOlures, and this 220 page reference book covers all of them. It sets new standards on books that are devoted to documenting the history of fishing tackle. It includes the Harold LeMaster story, the inventor of the Shiner Minnow that began in 1937, the start-up of L&S in 1946 in Kankakee/Bradley, Illinois, the story of the partnership between LeMaster and Phil Shriner, the beginnings of the MirrOLure, the start up of the Florida operation in Clearwater in 1951, and many fascinating facts about the 63 year period from 1937-2000. This is just the first part of the book.
In Part II, the collector reference section of the book, Lumpkin covers all of the models produced (over 150 different models and sizes) and shows over one hundred and sixty colors produced during this time period. Dozens of incredibly detailed charts and illustrations help the collector identify product and learn more about when and for how long it was made. Over 500 full color, high quality photographs are a major part of this book and add to the overall impact of the fishing tackle made by an impressive and world class fishing tackle company still in business today.